Cold Water Scuba Diving
The world’s best scuba diving is in our backyard. Whether you jump in a river to snorkel with thousands of returning salmon, dive on one of our artificial reefs or want to experience the world’s best cold water diving, you can find it right here.
But don’t take it from us. The world renowned Jacques Cousteau described the Discovery Passage as second only the Red Sea in its diversity of marine and invertebrate life.
It's our cold waters full of nutrients that result in an explosion of life in oranges, reds, purples, pinks, yellows and blues.
Although you can find these awe inspiring cold water environments almost everywhere, the following is a short list of our favorite dive sites:
This is cold water diving at it's best. The sites are beautiful! The boat has an elevator! The rooms are really clean and comfortable, and the food is plentiful and excellent. The hosts Annie and Bill are super friendly and helpful. Can't say enough good things. -tripadvisor review-
Photos By: Gina Lusardi
Dive on the HMCS Chaudiere, Skookumchuck Rapids, Tzoomie Narrows, Armagemnon Channel, Stag Wall and a host of other world class dive sites minutes from your comfortable yurt.
Photos by: Troy Rampy
Tahsis is a fabulous cold water diving location with popular dive sites within a 20 - 30 minute boat ride. One of our favorite places to stay is at Nootka Gold B&B. Silvie will make you feel right at home.
Photos by: Kim Hall
Browning Pass is the best temperate diving in the known universe. The Browning Wall is a shear cliff completely festooned in colourful sponges, anemones, rockfish, nudibranchs, wolf eels, octopus among an abondance of other creatures. Many of our best underwater photographers are drawn here.
Photos by: Guillermo Ferrero and Diane Reid
Brandon Cole is an acclaimed photographer who wrote about an encounter with sea lions on a trip to Hornby Island:
Silence greets us. As do 50-odd marine mammals, eager to play. At first, the sea lions politely swim around us at arm’s length, tilting their heads like curious puppy dogs and ogling us with dreamy eyes. Minutes later, they’re mobbing us. They cuddle, lean heavily on us, and take “exploratory” bites, mouthing our arms and legs. They nuzzle against my camera, pull at coiled strobe cords and nibble our fins. If you don’t fancy being in the middle of an underwater rugby scrum, consider skipping this dive. Sea Lions Video
If you're looking to experience sea lions in their natural habitat, Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures have the best boats, and extensive knowledge of multiple sea lion dive sites off Vancouver Island.